Highland Park Soda Fountain

Pharmacy Lunch Counter | Soda Fountain | Southwestern | Tex-Mex
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The Highland Park Soda Fountain, circa. 1912, is an anomaly. Whereas this Dallas neighborhood is rich and swanky (the TV show Dallas did location shooting here), the luncheonette, which until 2010 shared space with a working drug store, endures as a relic of bygone times. The menu includes soda fountain concoctions that would have made Archie and Veronica happy. Cherry Coke, anyone? A from-scratch cherry Coke, mind you.

Nothing I ate was extraordinary, but the ordinariness of it all was itself very wonderful. A large number of ladies at tables and counter spoon into chili. Continue reading

The Highland Park Soda Fountain, circa. 1912, is an anomaly. Whereas this Dallas neighborhood is rich and swanky (the TV show Dallas did location shooting here), the luncheonette, which until 2010 shared space with a working drug store, endures as a relic of bygone times. The menu includes soda fountain concoctions that would have made Archie and Veronica happy. Cherry Coke, anyone? A from-scratch cherry Coke, mind you.

Nothing I ate was extraordinary, but the ordinariness of it all was itself very wonderful. A large number of ladies at tables and counter spoon into chili. It is not a formal Texas bowl of red, for it contains beans, but it is true luncheonette chili, aka drug-store chili, a satisfying meal either by the bowl or spread across a bed of Fritos in Frito pie.

A chocolate soda is expertly concocted: first, chocolate syrup is squirted into a tall glass beaker; then a hard stream of soda gets jerked in, hitting the syrup hard enough that no spoon is needed to mix it; finally the whole foamy brew is topped with a couple of large scoops of vanilla ice cream. A long-handled spoon is provided; customers grab their own straws from a stash on the counter.

Dishes to try
Highland Park Soda Fountain, Frito Pie
Frito Pie
Must-Try
Soda fountain Frito pie: stout chili garnished with Frito chips and cheese. Onions are optional.
Highland Park Soda Fountain, Ice Cream Soda
Ice Cream Soda
Must-Try
Chocolate soda is just one among many soda fountain concoctions available. One curious item I need to try next visit: ''chocolate milk with cream.''
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 5pm
Monday7am - 6pm
Tuesday7am - 6pm
Wednesday7am - 6pm
Thursday7am - 6pm
Friday7am - 6pm
Saturday8am - 6pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 15 hr 33 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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